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“Democracy Facing Global Challenges” – V-Dem Annual Democracy Report 2019

This year’s Democracy Report is titled “Democracy Facing Global Challenges”. Democratic declines now affect more countries than ever before. Still, most democracies remain resilient despite challenges such as the financial crises and the rampant spread of fake news on social media. Yet, we show that government manipulation of the media, weakening of civil society, the rule of law and even elections is increasing.

Socio-Economic Inequality in the World Today

This year, V-Dem collected data on a new set of survey questions on exclusion. The questions examine the extent to which exclusion marks different groups in society. This post looks into exclusion by socio-economic group.

Exclusion by Socio-Economic Group

It is connected to reduced life expectancy, mental health and chronic stress levels of populations. 

Exclusion by Social Group: Changes in the world since 2008

This year, V-Dem collected data on a completely new set of survey questions on exclusion. The questions examine the extent to which exclusion strikes different groups in society. This post looks into exclusion by social group.

Exclusion by Social Group

Providing preferential treatment to certain ethnic groups in educational settings; disallowing migrants and refugees their rights to protection; failing to recognize certain groups of people as citizens based on their ethnicity and/or religious affiliations. These are various forms of exclusion in the world today. The second blog post looks into the exclusion of social groups.

Call: Country Experts for V-Dem Update 2020

Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) is looking for Country Experts.

Exclusion by Gender in the MENA Region

While no country has achieved absolute gender equality, there has been tremendous progress made in a variety of contexts. Unfortunately, change has not occurred universally around the world today. 

Exclusion – Have We Smashed the Patriarchy?

153 years – is what the World Economic Forum (WEF) estimates is needed to close the gender gap in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The coming blog post on “Exclusion” will look at exclusion by gender. 

V-Dem Dataset v9 released!

Scholars, policy makers and journalists from around the world are using data from the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Project in order to understand the current challenges to democracy. Today, the V-Dem Institute has released an updated version of its award-winning dataset covering 202 countries from 1789 to 2018. 

What is Exclusion and How Does it Manifest in Societies?

New Data is Coming!

Internship at V-Dem 2019

Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute offers an internship programme for students. Internship gives opportunity to obtain practical experience in working within academia in an international environment. 

The Third Wave of Autocratization is Here

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New V-Dem Graphing Tools: Discover our brand new tools!

The V-Dem Institute is releasing four new tools, making it possible to create even more comprehensive and nuanced charts for both beginners and advanced users.

Measuring Academic Freedom in a Regional and Global Perspectives

A commentary for the Baltic Worlds by Vello Pettai, Professor of Comparative, Politics at the University of Tartu and Director of the V-Dem Regional Center for Eastern Europe and Russia.

Policy Dialogue Day 2019

”New Challenges to Democracy, Governance, and Peace”

This year’s Policy Dialogue Day is organized by the V-Dem (Varieties of Democracy) Institute, the QoG (Quality of Government) Institute, GLD-Gothenburg (Program for Governance and Local Development), UCPD (Uppsala Conflict Data Program) and ViEWS (a Political Violence Early-Warning System). 

Article Using V-Dem Data Won Prize for the Best Infographics

On December 4th, the ceremony of the 7th Annual Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards took place in New York.

New V-Dem Graphing Tools: Create Exciting Results

V-Dem Institute is releasing eight new and updated Graphing Tools with enhanced customization controls, user interface improvements, new data export format and much more.

Call for a Data Manager

V-Dem Institute is looking for a Data Manager! Deadline: November, 4th

Call for a Post-Doc Fellow

V-Dem is looking for a Post-Doc with a start in Spring 2019 or latest by September 1st, 2019.

Kick-off of the V-Dem Regional Center for Southern Africa

V-Dem Institute in collaboration with the Department of Political and Administrative Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zambia organized a V-Dem Regional Conference 2018 on Southern Africa, June 11-12, 2018.

Research Workshop “Democracy in Reverse"

In what ways can we compare and better understand patterns of autocratization in the post-communist world? Autocratization can be seen as a process, in which democratic institutions, rights and practices are curtailed or undermined – to the point, of course, where an autocratic regime takes hold.

Call: Country Coordinator on Brunei

We are searching for Country Coordinator on Brunei!

UN Remarks to the Policy Dialogue Day

Secretary-General's Senior Advisor on Policy Ms. Ana María Menéndez - remarks to the Policy Dialogue Day 2018.

“Democracy for All?” – The V-Dem Annual Democracy Report 2018

Key finding: Global levels of democracy remain high, but autocratization – the decline of democratic attributes – affects 2.5 billion people and is gaining momentum. 

International Policy Day on Democracy Support and Governance

Research shows that countries with women in parliaments are more likely to achieve developmental goals that are of importance to women. In some African countries, it has led to lower levels of maternal mortality for both mothers and children. During an international conference at the University of Gothenburg on May 30, leading researchers and decision makers will gather to discuss, among other things, how the role of women in development and foreign policy can contribute to creating more equal societies.

Call: Country Experts for V-Dem

Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) is looking for Country Experts.

V-Dem Dataset v8 is released

The Varieties of Democracy Project is releasing a groundbreaking dataset with new data from 1789-2017!

Coming soon: V-Dem dataset version 8

In April 2018, Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) is releasing a new version of the democracy dataset – version 8 - covering 202 countries and going back to 1789! 

Free download book "Varieties of Democracy in Southern Europe"

Available for free download

Policy Dialogue Day 2018

”New Research = Better Policies: Insights on Democracy, Governance, and Armed Conflict”.

This year’s Policy Dialogue Day is organized by the V-Dem (Varieties of Democracy) Institute, the QoG (Quality of Government) Institute, GLD-Gothenburg (Program for Governance and Local Development), UCPD (Uppsala Conflict Data Program) and ViEWS (a Political Violence Early-Warning System). 

Conference: Varieties of Democracy in Southern Europe

    

Democracy and Nationalism in Central Asia Conference

  

Workshop at the V-Dem Regional Center for Central Asia

The Department of International and Comparative Politics of American University of Central Asia held on November 30, 2017 an inaugural workshop of a newly created V-Dem Regional Center for Central Asia. 

Workshop "Insights from South America"

Varieties of Democracy Academic Workshop November 14, 2017 ‘V-Dem Data from a Regional Perspective: Insights from South America’, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá - Colombia

Conference ”What Do We Know About Democratization"

Nine researchers involved in the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) project gathered in Rome, Italy from across the Americas and Europe on October 17–19 2017 to present their latest findings at the conference ”What Do We Know About Democratization After 117 Years?”.